Monday, April 30, 2018

SPRING HAS ARRIVED

After crazy temperatures that were freezing one day and warm the next, spring is finally with us, in my part of Texas, anyhow. There's nothing more relaxing than a nice walk enjoying the wild flowers, the trees, the birds building their nests, butterflies adding color to the landscape, and the return of the hummingbirds. They're later than usual, but our winds have been so strong they probably would have been blown away if they returned earlier. I have a feeder out for them, though nature provides plenty of food without my help. They seem to enjoy the feeder and chase each other away.



This is an old picture, but I haven't taken any lately. She's looking right at me thinking, Who on earth are you? Did you feed me this fine sugar water? If so, thanks.



The Cardinals are singing their love songs to each other.


Yep! It's springtime.

And to celebrate the one Book Birthday for May, here is A FAMILY FOR LEONA, my mg/tween historical fiction novel that has its second birthday on May 3rd. Happy Birthday, Leona.

Thanks to Aidana WillowRaven for the lovely cover.

 Leona's story is loosely based on my mother's life, who on January 3, 1922, rode an Orphan Train from Brooklyn to Texas and to a new family. She was 10 years old.

About:

Ten-year-old Leona Chapter doesn't understand why her papa left his six children at the Brooklyn Home for Homeless Children after their mother's death in 1921. Each day she prays he'll return and take his children home. God, however, isn't listening. Her brothers and sisters are either adopted or run away, leaving only Leona and Baby Mildred in the orphanage. Leona promises she and Mildred will be together for always. A promise she cannot keep, for Leona, along with her friend Noah, who she defends from the bullies Hiram and Jehu, and several other orphans, are soon on a train headed to Texas, while her sister stays at the orphanage. Leona vows she'll go back to Brooklyn the first chance she gets.


This possibly is the orphanage she and her siblings lived in, according to information the CAS sent to me. And imagine if this building was full of homeless children. It shows how times were hard in those days.

Available at AMAZON, BARNES & NOBLE, THE PUBLISHER, and other places.

Happy Reading




20 comments:

  1. Awesome pics Beverly, so pleased spring has finally arrived. Have a great week.

    Yvonne.

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    1. Thank you, Yvonne. I enjoy taking pictures of wildlife and flowers, sunsets and kitties. You have a great week too.

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  2. Spring sure sounds like it is in full swing indeed. Happy book birthday too.

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    1. Yep, Pat. They're even forecasting thunderstorms for the week, a sure sign of spring. Thanks.

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  3. Happy book birthday, Beverly! I am quite thankful Spring is here. Love your pictures:)

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    1. Thank you, Karin. Snapping pictures is my hobby I guess. It's fun.

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  4. Wow! That is late for spring in Texas. We're just getting spring today here in Michigan finally. Can't wait to go out and enjoy it.

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    1. Yes it is late, Natalie. Winter just did not want to go away. Enjoy your spring.

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  5. Nice bird shots. We are mostly spring but it was cold this morning.

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    1. Thanks, Alex. Cardinals are so pretty, as are all the other birds. I don't mind cold nights if it warms up during the day.

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  6. I'm so jealous. You have cardinals! All we have are those squawky blue jays. I love your book cover! Aidana did a great job.

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    1. I'd share my cardinals with you if I could, lee, but I doubt they'd let me catch them. :) Thanks. Aidana does beautiful work.

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  7. I've been doing work outside and in my garden. Florida has been warm for a long time, but it did just start to feel like spring for me. :)

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    1. It is great to be able to work outside. I've been cutting down weeds. My son has a garden and there's nothing so tasty as fresh spinach and lettuce. Carrots and potatoes will be up soon.

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  8. What lovely photos! And A Story for Leona sounds sad.

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    1. Thank you, New Release. I enjoy taking pictures of nature. The Orphan Train stories are sad but also happy when children were placed in good homes, rather than having to live in an orphanage. Thanks for stopping by.

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  9. I love looking at birds. I watch them in my yard daily. :) Beautiful pictures.

    A Story for Leona sounds amazing. It is hard to imagine how difficult life was back then. So sad.
    ~Jess

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    1. Birds are fun to watch, Jess. We have a lot out here and they're busy now building nests. Some of them come back every year, or else it's their offspring that do.
      Yes, times were tough back then, and Rev. Charles Loring Brace decided to do something about it. Result, the Orphan Trains, which were good and bad when families were separated.

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  10. This sounds like a wonderful book. Happy Book Birthday to Leona. I enjoyed your pictures, too. You get some beautiful birds in your area. In California, we don't get cardinals. At least not in the Sacramento area.

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    1. Thank you, Elizabeth. We do have beautiful birds here, and there's lots for them to eat. I miss a lot of good shots because birds don't wait around for me to focus. Thanks for stopping by.

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